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Northcentral University | PdD in Psychology - Addictions

Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program with a specialization in Addictions allows mental health practitioners to further their knowledge and develop an expertise in substance abuse and addictive behaviors. Learn more about this degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Addictions

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students may already be mental health practitioners or have some previous psychology experience or education. Applicants to Northcentral University's online Ph.D. in Psychology programs must have a master's degree from an accredited academic institution. Individuals with a master's degree in a field other than psychology, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or social work may need to complete additional courses before beginning the Ph.D. curriculum.

Program Description:

NCU's Ph.D. in Psychology program is not designed to prepare students to become licensed psychology professionals, but it does allow them to gain advanced research skills and increase their knowledge of psychological theories and principles. The Addiction concentration courses explore the dynamics of substance abuse and addiction, physiological and psychological processes of dependence, addiction assessment and treatment planning, and compulsive behaviors associated with addiction and related disorders. In addition, students can study co-occurring disorders, family systems perspectives and approaches, and characteristics of group work leaders. The program concludes with a dissertation where students must write and defend an original research paper that contributes to the field.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

Minimum of 60 credit hours

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loans or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a Specialization in Addictions:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Philosophy Foundation Courses (30 credits)

  • PSY 7101: Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
  • PSY 7102: Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
  • PSY 7103: Research Methods
  • PSY 7104: Statistics I
  • PSY 7115: Tests and Measurements in Industrial/Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 7106: Quantitative Research Design
  • PSY 7107: Statistics II
  • PSY 7108: Qualitative Research Design
  • PSY 7109: Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
  • CMP 9701P: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Addictions Specialization Courses (18 credits)

  • PSY 8111: Clinical Survey of Substance Abuse and Dependence
  • PSY 8112: Addiction Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • PSY 8113: Addiction and Related Disorders
  • PSY 8114: Co-Occurring Disorders
  • PSY 8115: Family Systems Approaches to Addiction
  • PSY 8116: Group Therapy

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students who complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program with a specialization in Addictions may be ready to apply for a variety of academic, research, or leadership positions related to addiction psychology. Some of the possible positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Addiction Psychology Researcher
  • Addictions Program Administrator
  • Program Evaluator
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Substance Abuse Program Consultant

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